Why China's UK visit matters

Members of the Royal Family and politicians have greeted China's President Xi Jinping at the start of his four-day state visit to the UK.

He and his wife, Peng Liyuan, took part in a parade down the Mall in London to Buckingham Palace, and will later attend a state banquet held by the Queen.

The trip is the first UK state visit by a Chinese leader since 2005 with officials from both countries hoping to build closer relations.

Watch Ricky's report as he explains why this is such an important visit.

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